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Stop It! You Need Good Brakes

Sunday 15 April 2018

Good brakes are obviously very important. If you've ever had your brakes go out while you're driving around the TULSA area, you'll know how terrifying it can be. Today we'll focus on how to tell when you have a brake problem and how to make good repair choices. Often, the first indication that something's wrong with the brakes is an unusual sound. It could be a squeal, chatter or grinding sound. Some brake pads have a little piece of metal embedded in them that will make a squeal or chirping s... read more

Cartec Automotive Service On Your Serpentine Belt

Sunday 08 April 2018

  Today we're going to be talking about serpentine belts for our TULSA, OK, customers. Let's start by talking about the accessories that are driven by the serpentine belt. First is the alternator. That's the device that makes electricity to power the vehicle and recharge the battery. Then there's the air conditioning compressor that makes cool air for you while you're driving around OK in the summer.The power steering and power brake pumps are driven by the serpen... read more

Automotive Tips from Cartec Automotive Service: Knowing When Your Timing Belt Should Be Replaced

Tuesday 03 April 2018

The timing belt in your engine controls the opening and closing of the intake and exhaust valves. TULSA drivers need to replace it on a schedule to avoid failure.Timing belts are very difficult to get to, requiring quite a bit of labor to access. Timing belt replacement is one of the more expensive maintenance services, but the cost at Cartec Automotive Service to correct an engine damaged by a broken timing belt is much, much more.The timing belt has a tensioner to help maintain prope... read more

Cartec Automotive Service Brake Service for Safe Stopping in TULSA

Tuesday 27 March 2018

Let's talk about something critical for all TULSA drivers: your brakes. Your vehicle is heavy, and it takes a lot of muscle to bring it and your passengers to a safe stop – so everything needs to be in good working order. Here's an explanation on how your disc brakes work: The wheel hub keeps your wheel attached to your vehicle. The brake disc – or rotor – is attached to the hub and rotates wi... read more

The Economy of Maintenance for TULSA Drivers

Wednesday 21 March 2018

Do I keep my old vehicle or buy a new one? It's a question most TULSA drivers ask themselves at some time or another.Generally, what it comes down to is the choice between a car payment and the possibility of repair bills. Most of the time, we want to choose the car payment because we don't like the inconvenience and uncertainty of vehicle repairs. But that payment has a detrimental effect on our budget and bank account.Edmunds.com is a... read more

TULSA Drivers: Is It Time to Replace Your PCV Valve?

Monday 12 March 2018

The crankcase is the lower part of the engine where the crankshaft is housed and where the engine oil lives. The crankshaft is connected to the pistons that power the engine. When you are diving around TULSA, fuel is burned in your vehicle engine, it pushes the pistons down and the crankshaft rotates and sends power to the transmission. Some of the explosive gases from combustion squeeze past the pistons and down into the crankcase.Now this gas is about 70% unburned fuel. If it were allowed to r... read more

Automotive Tips from Cartec Automotive Service: Serpentine Belt System Wear

Wednesday 07 March 2018

The primary job of the serpentine belt for TULSA drivers is to provide important traction to spin the accessories. As the belt wears it loses some of its grip and the accessories may not spin at optimal speeds. For example, if your alternator doesn’t spin fast enough, the battery will not completely recharge while you’re driving and you could end up stranded around TULSA with a dead battery. In short, a worn serpentine belt will stress all of the accessories it powers leadi... read more

Wasteful Thinking

Tuesday 27 February 2018

With the weather getting colder, you might be tempted to start your vehicle up, let it idle for 15 or 20 minutes and then get in the nice, cozy cabin.  Some vehicles offer remote starting that let you do that from the comfort of your home or apartment.  But is letting your vehicle idle like that good for it? Manufacturers say it doesn't harm the vehicle.  They say it's because modern vehicles are made differently from those in the past.  Just about all newer vehicles employ f... read more

Wasteful Thinking

Tuesday 27 February 2018

With the weather getting colder, you might be tempted to start your vehicle up, let it idle for 15 or 20 minutes and then get in the nice, cozy cabin.  Some vehicles offer remote starting that let you do that from the comfort of your home or apartment.  But is letting your vehicle idle like that good for it? Manufacturers say it doesn't harm the vehicle.  They say it's because modern vehicles are made differently from those in the past.  Just about all newer vehicles employ f... read more

Line Them Up: Wheel Alignment Service at Cartec Automotive Service

Sunday 18 February 2018

Hello TULSA! Let's talk about alignment. One of the most important parts of preventive maintenance for your vehicle is keeping the wheels in alignment. Poor alignment causes your tires to wear unevenly, which can significantly reduce their lifespan. This means you will have to replace them more often, which can be costly for drivers in TULSA.It can even damage your suspension system, which is costly to repair. But even more importantly, uneven tread wear can lea... read more

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